BRUNSWICK, GA. | Skeletal remains found in August 2015 off Interstate 95 near Brunswick have been identified as those of a man wanted in a Jesup bank robbery and who had been shot to death, police say.

 

Police found the skeleton after responding to a call from a residence at the end of Picric Street, which is divided by I-95. The remains were found about 100 feet west of the I-95 Exit 36 off ramp for traffic headed west, Glynn County police Capt. Marissa Tindale said Thursday in a release.


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On the night the skeleton was found, investigators could be seen working in a cleared power line right-of-way.

The University of North Texas’ Center for Human Identification used DNA to identify the skeleton as Bart Storm McDonald, Tindale said.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiners at the Savannah crime lab concluded that McDonald died of a gunshot wound to the head nine to 12 months before he was found, Tindale said. Other than the Picric Street residence, the structure closest to where the body was found is a hotel off U.S. 341.

The 45-year-old McDonald’s last known address was Fort Walton Beach, and he had also used the name James Peterson, she said.

The Jesup Police Department wanted McDonald in the Sept. 12, 2014, robbery of the Heritage Bank on Macon Street in Jesup, she said. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office also wanted McDonald on charges of fraud, burglary, vehicle theft and dealing stolen property, Tindale said.

Anyone with information on McDonald’s death is asked to call investigator Sheila Ramos at (912) 294-2917.

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405